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Thompson: More Surprises in Store
ABCNews ^ | December 17, 2007 | Christine Byun

Posted on 12/18/2007 5:49:35 AM PST by JRochelle

About three months after his initial campaign kick-off, Republican candidate Fred Thompson returned to Iowa with a re-invigorated pitch in his final appeal to the early voting state.

Thompson -- who will spend 15 days in Iowa leading up to the Jan. 3 caucuses -- warned the country is "one successful terrorist plan away from nuclear attack."

Barely pausing to clear his throat, the former Tennessee Senator boomed, "it's not time for on-the-job training," a familiar jab on this year's campaign trail. Thompson believes he has the leadership skills to lead the country in national security issues.

"When the time comes where our worst enemy in the world is sitting across the table thinking about what he can do to the United States of America ... Who do you want sitting across the table representing us?" Thompson asked, a question which staffers say will be one of the campaign's driving themes during his statewide tour.

He also vowed to fight against a "left-wing, big government, high taxing, weak-on-national security Democratic Party."

"We're not going to turn over the keys to the country over to that outfit," Thompson said, accusing the Democrats of "licking its chops ... so they can lead us down the road to a welfare state."

Thompson drew upon his latest debate performance, when he refused to raise his hand in a vote when candidates were asked about climate change.

"How are you going to stand up to the leaders of Iran and North Korea if you can't stand up to an overbearing moderator?" Thompson asked, drawing laughs and applause from the crowd of 75 supporters.

Thompson subtly carved lines of distinction between him and his higher-polling rivals, and used his fresh endorsement from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, to pledge his commitment to campaigning in this final push.

"There were some other folks from another campaign standing around the wall, waiting for their guy to be named and he wasn't," Thompson said, alluding to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's staff. "They were kind of shocked that I got the endorsement ... But I won't rub it in -- I will just say this: This ain't the last surprise you're gonna get, folks."


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The last paragraph is hilarious!
1 posted on 12/18/2007 5:49:37 AM PST by JRochelle
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To: JRochelle

Fox just reported that Jack Kingston will endorse Romney today....I’m surprised..


2 posted on 12/18/2007 5:51:57 AM PST by ken5050
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To: JRochelle

His internal polling must be looking good.


3 posted on 12/18/2007 5:52:23 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Call-screening, non-polled Wisconsinite for Fred!)
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To: JRochelle
I will ditto Thompson's’s last remark. If he should make it to the WH, ya’ll might not like some of Fred’s surprises.
4 posted on 12/18/2007 5:53:22 AM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: ken5050

Who is Jack Kingston?

The catch of the day was King, from Iowa.


5 posted on 12/18/2007 5:54:03 AM PST by JRochelle (I believe from a political perspective that life begins at conception. (Mitt Romney). 12/16/07)
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To: JRochelle

Conservative GOP congressman from Savannah, Ga..one of the good guys..


6 posted on 12/18/2007 5:55:04 AM PST by ken5050
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To: JRochelle
warned the country is "one successful terrorist plan away from nuclear attack."

Make that one successful expired visa or border crossing by a terrorist.

7 posted on 12/18/2007 5:56:33 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: JRochelle
I would be happy to vote for Thompson. Duncan Hunter is still my first choice, but Fred is my second. However, this stuff:

Fred Thompson returned to Iowa with a re-invigorated pitch

Really bothers me. It seems like every 2-3 weeks, Fred's campaign is re-invigorated and really "picks up steam". I've been seeing these hopeful stories ever since August. But I have never detected energy or enthusiasm from the Thompson team. I think he's trudging toward the finish line, while others are sprinting. Saying he's "re-invigorated" and actually being re-invigorated are two different things.

8 posted on 12/18/2007 5:58:05 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Go Fred.


9 posted on 12/18/2007 6:01:14 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: JRochelle
Thompson -- who will spend 15 days in Iowa leading up to the Jan. 3 caucuses -- warned the country is "one successful terrorist plan away from nuclear attack."

Barely pausing to clear his throat, the former Tennessee Senator boomed, "it's not time for on-the-job training," a familiar jab on this year's campaign trail. Thompson believes he has the leadership skills to lead the country in national security issues.
Did Fred take this opportunity to mention that he was Chairman of the International Security Advisory Board for the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the State Department? Seems like a good time to mention it. Did he talk about the sort of issues he dealt with there or the projects he was involved in

He's not going to gain any traction until he he starts making these sorts of credentials front and center.

People are looking for a conservative alternative to Rudy Giuliani, but only if that person can first be equally as credible on the issue of terrorism and national security.

If Fred is able to figure that out in time, then he will be the nominee. If he doesn't or if he waits too long, then he will not.
 

10 posted on 12/18/2007 6:01:38 AM PST by counterpunch (Get Up And Go Fred Go Already!)
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To: JRochelle

Some surprises around the corner folks.

Go FRed Go!


11 posted on 12/18/2007 6:03:34 AM PST by commonguymd (Move it to the right -Vote for Fred!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
It seems like every 2-3 weeks, Fred's campaign is re-invigorated and really "picks up steam".
Fred has to first be invigorated before he can be re-invigorated...

 
12 posted on 12/18/2007 6:04:32 AM PST by counterpunch (Get Up And Go Fred Go Already!)
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To: JRochelle
Barely pausing to clear his throat

Now that IS a surprise. Usually the first thing he does is cough up some phlegm, then say uuuuuhhh.

13 posted on 12/18/2007 6:04:49 AM PST by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: JRochelle

The ‘cobra’ strikes!


14 posted on 12/18/2007 6:05:18 AM PST by incredulous joe ("Alan Keyes is my homeboy!")
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To: ClearCase_guy
Fred Thompson returned to Iowa with a re-invigorated pitch

That's MSM editorializing in a supposed "news" piece.

MSM lies.

All the time.

About everything.

Even when they slip and say something true, it's not the whole truth.

15 posted on 12/18/2007 6:06:34 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Why is it that the Freepers who never trust what the MSM has to say about anything are the same ones who believe everythng that the MSM has to say about Fred being lazy, needing to get some fire, blah, blah, blah? I bet that half of those complaining haven’t been to one of Fred’s campaign stops and haven’t met him in person. If they had, they’d see that Fred is the right man for the job.


16 posted on 12/18/2007 6:10:48 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: JRochelle; colorcountry; greyfoxx39; Elsie
"How are you going to stand up to the leaders of Iran and North Korea if you can't stand up to an overbearing moderator?"

This is why Romney lost it on Sunday. His failure to tell Russert to stuff it and allowed twenty minutes of Mormon bashing for which he went on the defensive and pandered with sickening obfuscation. Plus it appears he told a couple of whoppers.

17 posted on 12/18/2007 6:11:57 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah Conservatives for Fred!)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Oh really , like what ? What do you know that we don’t ?


18 posted on 12/18/2007 6:12:48 AM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Your friendly resident drive-by poster , it's for a great cause ! Stop the RINO's - VOTE FRED !)
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To: 2nd amendment mama
The pattern seems to be that whenever the MSM says something which tends to reinforce an individual's personal opinions or prejudices, the individual believes it totally.

After having noticed this in others, I try to make a conscious effort to be doubly suspicious when I find myself agreeing with MSM.

19 posted on 12/18/2007 6:16:10 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: JRochelle
Thompson is in fourth place in Iowa and having a hard time cracking 2% in New Hampshire.
20 posted on 12/18/2007 6:17:47 AM PST by elizabetty ("Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." .Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: elizabetty

Wrong. He is in third place.


21 posted on 12/18/2007 6:21:02 AM PST by JRochelle (I believe from a political perspective that life begins at conception. (Mitt Romney). 12/16/07)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

“Why is it that the Freepers who never trust what the MSM has to say about anything are the same ones who believe everythng that the MSM has to say about Fred being lazy, needing to get some fire, blah, blah, blah?”

Thats one of the things that perplexes me. Those that rant against the MSM and its plausiblity, then quote verbatom when it fits their thinking. Funny.


22 posted on 12/18/2007 6:21:38 AM PST by donnab (saving liberal brains...one moron at a time.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Kind of like the NFL. You want to peak at just the right time.


23 posted on 12/18/2007 6:22:51 AM PST by G.Mason (And what is intelligence if not the craft of out-thinking our adversaries?)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Yes, some of the surprises will include that Fred doesn’t believe the federal government has the power to codify the social conservative agenda.

This has to do with his core principal of federalism - Article I, Section 8 powers only for the feds, all others to the states per the 10th.


24 posted on 12/18/2007 6:23:32 AM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Dirty little secret: Fred has had as many stops a day or more than the other candidates. It is simply reported as lackadazical and no fire in the belly. It’s the MSM template, don’t you know?


25 posted on 12/18/2007 6:23:53 AM PST by Ingtar (The LDS problem that Romney is facing is not his religion, but his recent Liberal Definitive Stands.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

I truly believe that the MSM makes disparaging remarks about Fred or ignores him intentionally because they don’t want him to be our nominee. They know that he’ll be harder for the demonRat candidate to beat than any of the so-called frontrunners.


26 posted on 12/18/2007 6:24:29 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: JRochelle

I hope one of those surprises is spelled N. R. A.


27 posted on 12/18/2007 6:24:43 AM PST by Ingtar (The LDS problem that Romney is facing is not his religion, but his recent Liberal Definitive Stands.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

0ur MSM hates any true Conservative. Witness their treatment of Fred and Hunter—even Fox leaves Fred off all their polls.
Every adjective used is either belittling or demeaning for either man.
Thompson/Hunter—that’s my ticket.


28 posted on 12/18/2007 6:25:23 AM PST by Flintlock
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To: JRochelle

I liked when Fred said on Fox, ‘there are some humiliations that even a presidential candidate shouldn’t have to put up with.’


29 posted on 12/18/2007 6:25:34 AM PST by altura (Go, Fred!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Repeat after me:

I will not listen to the opinion of the main stream media.

I will not listen to the opinion of the main stream media.

repeat as necessary!


30 posted on 12/18/2007 6:26:49 AM PST by altura (Go, Fred!)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Yup.

Letting the MSM choose our candidate is like letting the opposing manager pick your starting pitcher.


31 posted on 12/18/2007 6:28:01 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I think he's saying that because he feels the need to respond to the incessant MSM stories that he's "lazy" or "not committed to the race"

Politically..I think he's playing it correctly. He felt esrly on that no clear cut favorite would emerge from the early races..so why waste the effort and money. I think the push in Iowa now is because they don't believe ( nor do I) the polls showing Huckabee's lead.

32 posted on 12/18/2007 6:28:42 AM PST by ken5050
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To: rightinthemiddle

LOL - isn’t that the truth!!!


33 posted on 12/18/2007 6:30:07 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: Coldwater Creek

“I will ditto Thompson’s’s last remark. If he should make it to the WH, ya’ll might not like some of Fred’s surprises.”

I think the above will be true no matter who wins. I do however believe there may be fewer surprises with Thompson than perhaps with either Romney or Guiliani.

Reagan wasn’t perfect, despite the hagiography lavished on him over the past 10 years.


34 posted on 12/18/2007 6:34:33 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: 2nd amendment mama
Why is it that the Freepers who never trust what the MSM has to say about anything are the same ones who believe everythng that the MSM has to say about ...

Not just about Fred.... They "believe" the MSM when it feeds their fears or their biases. The MSM "lies" when it goes against their preconceptions.

35 posted on 12/18/2007 6:36:08 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Neu Pragmatist

Nothing...


36 posted on 12/18/2007 6:36:42 AM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: JRochelle

I love it when a plan comes together...

37 posted on 12/18/2007 6:37:52 AM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: counterpunch
People are looking for a conservative alternative to Rudy Giuliani, but only if that person can first be equally as credible on the issue of terrorism and national security.

Then why are Rudy's numbers shrinking?

38 posted on 12/18/2007 6:39:19 AM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: ken5050

I’m not...


39 posted on 12/18/2007 6:40:51 AM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: JRochelle

I know we’re a long ways out, but I like Fred and so does my husband.


40 posted on 12/18/2007 6:40:52 AM PST by trillabodilla (Jesus Saves)
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To: ejonesie22

They maybe shrinking a little, but his support is scattering among all of the top candidates. In fact, they’re going to Fred the least out of all. He needs to be doing a better job of courting Giuliani’s soft supporters. These are people who rank national security as their top issue.


41 posted on 12/18/2007 6:42:45 AM PST by counterpunch (Get Up And Go Fred Go Already!)
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To: JRochelle
Hey, give her a break, she is blinded my Mitt’s radiance, it can be hard to read updated polls...
42 posted on 12/18/2007 6:44:51 AM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: Coldwater Creek
Fred has Rush’s Conservative seal of approval... and you think your word comes close to Rush? You are deluded with your candidate so it does not surprise me for you to be so misguided.

LLS

43 posted on 12/18/2007 6:45:06 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims and vote Fred!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I like Hunter too but I don’t believe the MSM’s descriptions of Thompson’s “vigor” is accurate. He appears to be as “vigorous” as the other candidates, to me.

They must have a negative. What else have they got???


44 posted on 12/18/2007 6:47:14 AM PST by jch10
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To: counterpunch
We have been over this before, he has made solid statements, his answer in the debate about going to the American people and really defining this threat, something even Bush has not done recently, is a simple straight forward way of putting this back on the table.

No one knows that that committee is but us hardy political hacks.

45 posted on 12/18/2007 6:48:05 AM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: Ingtar
I hope one of those surprises is spelled N. R. A.

I hope so too.

46 posted on 12/18/2007 6:49:09 AM PST by painter (Oval Office, Fred. Might be something you ought to think about.)
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To: ken5050

Fred ought to be able to pick off enough soft Huckabee and Romney supporters to win this thing, if he plays his cards right.


47 posted on 12/18/2007 6:50:59 AM PST by RockinRight (Fred Thompson spells gravitas B-A-L-L-S-O-F-S-T-E-E-L.)
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To: MrB
Fred doesn't believe the federal government has the power to codify the social conservative agenda.

OK, I can live with that. In fact I agree with Fred. Nobody reading this thread (Save the odd DU lurker who didn't make it past the first three paragraphs in the original article) believes it to be proper for a US Government sponsored liberal agenda, so why would a US Government conservative agenda be OK?

To wish it so is to ignore the tenth amendment. That's no different than ignoring the second, or the fifth. Social change is the purview of the States, or the People. What you are saying is there is a little Ron Paul in Fred, and that's OK by me. If Paul were as pro self defense on a national level as he is on a personal one I'd think he'd be the front runner today.

Anyway, Fred is is own man, and isn't a composite public face molded by handlers or public relations experts designed to me everything to everyone and happy to be something for most. Fred will do what Fred will do, and if most of what he does is what you wish, then vote for him.

We do that for any candidate, but Fred is what. you see, not what you wish to see.

48 posted on 12/18/2007 6:52:28 AM PST by kAcknor ("A pistol! Are you expecting trouble sir?" "No miss, were I expecting trouble I'd have a rifle.")
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To: ClearCase_guy

He’s not the one who used the term “reinvigorated.” The liberal journalist did. The MSM can’t talk about Fred’s positions lest the people figure out who the real conservative is in the race. Hence the ad hominum attacks.

Smart voters consider the source and judge accordingly. The campaign has never said it needed to be invigorated, and, in fact, a study by Gannett Newspapers found that Fred was second, after John McCain, in frequency of campaign stops.

It’s too bad that so many FReepers are unthinkingly playing into the hands of the media and the Dems by parroting the “lazy” line. You’d think they’d know better.


49 posted on 12/18/2007 6:52:33 AM PST by LadyNavyVet (An independent Freeper, not paid by any political campaign.)
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To: ejonesie22

It doesn’t matter if they already know about the committee or not.
If he says he was chairman of a committee that directly advised the State Department on issues of international terrorism and nuclear proliferation, people will get it.


50 posted on 12/18/2007 6:52:58 AM PST by counterpunch (Get Up And Go Fred Go Already!)
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